Over the course of a year and a half Citizens of Natstown has grown exponentially. Between daily readers, listeners of the podcast and viewers of our video content, our audience has grown to a fairly good size. We’d like to use our current reach, from our moderately sized corner of the internet, to do something great. In what I plan to be an annual occurrence, Citizens of Natstown will be participating in the Extra-Life Video Game Marathon.
Extra Life began in 2008 as a way of honoring a young lady named Victoria Enmon. Tori’s battle against acute lymphoblastic leukemia inspired the Sarcastic Gamer Community in a way that is difficult to describe. Members sent in video games and bought gifts to keep Tori’s spirits up despite numerous hospital stays and three bouts with the deadly disease.
Tragically, Tori passed away in January 2008. Later that year, Extra Life, a 24-hour video game marathon to raise money for the hospital that treated and fought beside Tori, was born. In 2008 and 2009 Extra Life raised a combined $302,000, 100 percent of which went directly to help kids like Tori at the Texas Children’s Hospital.
While thousands of gamers, more than 100 websites and more than 12,000 donors were happy to support Extra Life, many expressed their desire to raise money to help kids closer to home.
I personally got involved last year just a day before the event and set my goal at $100. On short notice, with generous donations from friends and family I managed to raise $211 by the end of my 24 hour marathon. I was surprised at just how gratifying it was to be able to raise money for the cause. More importantly I wanted to do more, to be able to raise more and eagerly awaited information about the 2013 event.
This year, Citizens of Natstown has registered our own team for Extra Life 2013 and is looking to raise $500. Honestly, we’d love to blow that goal away; but we can’t do this with YOUR help. There are several things you can do to help the cause:
– First and foremost get the word out.
Twitter and Facebook are phenomenal ways to get more people aware.
– If you’d like to join the Citizens
of Natstown team and be part of the gaming marathon come November 2, 2013:
- Register and create your personal funding page, during the registration process you’ll be given the option to join a team, specifically: join the Citizens of Natstown team!
- Set a fundraising goal you’d like to aim for,
- Try to get friends and family to sponsor you,
- Sit on your rear end and play all types of games for 25 hours straight on Saturday, November 2nd, beginning at 8 a.m.!
– If you’d like to donate (You can donate as early as you’d like):
- Head to the Citizens of Natstown team page,
- Select the team member you’d like to sponsor,
- Make your donation.
– I also encourage you to learn more about your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital and to meet some of the kids we’ll be working to help.
When you do one or even all of these things, you won’t just be raising money for kids. You’ll be supporting LOCAL kids and their families. Kids right in your own backyard.
All the money you raise for Extra Life 2013 will go directly to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital of your choice (as a player) or the choice of the player you’re sponsoring, including the Children’s National Medical Center located in Washington, DC.
Look for updates as November 2nd gets closer.
Thank you Natstown for your support!